Taxation Without Carbonation January 18, 2017Posted by geoff in News.
The liberal set has always believed that only greed and lack of empathy prevent money from being given to the government for distribution to the causes it deems worthy. Businesses and the wealthy are envisioned as bottomless pots of money, ready to be tapped freely in service of progressivism.
So when they start a’tapping, their subsequent befuddlement comes as no surprise:
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney fought hard to pass a new tax on soda and other sugary drinks.
He won, and the 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax is now in place, affecting both merchants and consumers, because that’s how taxes work.
Businesses pay the levies, and they offset the cost by charging higher prices. That is as basic as it gets.
The only person who doesn’t seem to understand this is Kenney, who is now accusing business owners of extortion.
“They’re gouging their own customers,” the mayor said, according to KYW News.
The mayor apparently thought the city council could impose a major new tax on businesses, and that customers somehow wouldn’t be affected.
They even tax sugar-free sodas, so it’s not the sugar he was after, and they tax a variety of drinks, so it’s not just sodas he targetted. He just thought he could grab some money from those fat cat businesses.